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Who donated all the pies?

Business that usually feeds Arsenal fans on matchdays finds way to support foodbanks and homelessness charity

08 May, 2020

Kemi, a chef at the Manna in St Stephen’s Church, with food donated from Piebury Corner

HUNDREDS of pies that were meant to be gobbled up by hungry Arsenal fans heading to the Emirates Stadium have now been donated to foodbanks and a homelessness charity.

The owners of the Piebury Corner restaurants started dishing out pies this week to the Ringcross Centre, off Caledonian Road, and the Manna homeless project in St Stephen’s Church, off Essex Road.

Paul and Nicola Campbell, who set the business up as a stall in their garden in 2011 to feed Gunners fans on matchdays, had hundreds of pies left over after they closed their restaurants in Holloway Road and King’s Cross in March.

With the prospect of Premier League football not starting again for months, the Campbells decided to donate them to charities who are working to feed families and the homeless during the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Campbell told the Tribune: “We wanted to do this to help raise the profile of these amazing charities that are saving people’s lives right now.

“There’s a lot of companies who have jumped on the PR gravy train of donating to the NHS. I just wanted to raise the profile of these charities who are doing amazing work.”

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